MEETINGS TO FOCUS ON WATER PROJECT
WAILUKU - The Maui County Department of Water Supply has scheduled meetings on Maui and Molokai to discuss a plan to protect drinking water from pollutants.
The public is invited to comment on the Wellhead Protection Project, which seeks to restrict "contaminating activities" in areas that feed into major sources of drinking water. Activities like excessive use of fertilizer and pesticide, pouring used motor oil onto the ground and illegal dumping can all pollute the water supply, county officials said.
The meetings will be Tuesday at the Mitchell Pauole Community Center in Kaunakakai and Thursday at the Waikapu Community Center on Waiko Road. Both meetings will start at 5:30 p.m.
The Department of Water Supply and University of Hawaii Geology and Geophysics Department will give presentations on the issue and plan. Light refreshments will be provided.
For more information, call 244-8550.
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ESCALATORS AT AIRPORT REPLACED
KAHULUI - The state Department of Transportation Airports Division has replaced the 20-year-old escalators in the security checkpoint area at Kahului Airport.
"We are pleased that the escalators are back in operation," said District Manager Marvin Moniz. "We apologize for the delay in service during the construction period, but the new escalators will make it a lot easier and safer for everyone."
The project cost $727,024 and involved coordination with the U.S. Transportation Security Administration, because the work was done on the secure side of the checkpoint.
In June, the floors at the checkpoint will be replaced, a job expected to take about two weeks. As with the escalators, the work will be done at night to minimize conflicts with passengers.
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RECYCLING EVENT PLANNED IN HANA
HANA - Community Work Day will hold a weeklong recycling event in Hana, starting Monday.
Items will be collected between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily, through May 29, at a staging area off Hana Highway in the parking lot across from the former Hasegawa General Store site. Appliances, scrap metal, vehicle parts, tires, batteries, televisions, computers and electronics will be accepted.
Vehicles, furniture and green waste will not be accepted, but a separate vehicle cleanup will be scheduled. For information on how to dispose of a junked vehicle, call 877-5834.
Community Work Day's road crews also will clear areas along Hana Highway of metals and other solid waste items that were illegally dumped.
For more information about the Hana recycling event, call 877-2524.